Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions.

Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) perform a range of nursing tasks under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. CNAs focus on meeting the physical, social, and emotional needs of their patients and their families. Nurse Aides may work in a hospital, nursing home, long-term or community care facility, or even in patients’ homes.

General duties CNAs perform include:

  • Taking vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and respiration
  • Detecting and reporting abnormal observations
  • Helping patients to move, turn, and walk
  • Bathing and dressing the patient
  • Feeding the patient
  • Collecting specimens for lab tests
  • Supporting the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families
  • Ensuring patient safety
  • Preventing the spread of infection
  • Communicating effectively with patients, families, and the healthcare team.

To become a CNA-I in North Carolina, you must complete all three of the following steps:

  1. Pass a State-Approved Nurse Aide I Training Program like the one available at Sembra School.
  2. Schedule and take the Nurse Aide I competency exam.
  3. Become listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry

According to, the average salary for a CNA in Raleigh, NC is $28,000 to $32,000 per year.

At SembraSchool, we are dedicated to making the enrollment process for the CNA program as effortless as possible. We know that sometimes it can be hard to get an education, so we want to help you out. We made it simple for you to apply, and we will be there to help you every step of the way. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and start your career in healthcare.

When it comes to the content of the course, every state-approved CNA training program in North Carolina must follow the state’s strict guidelines. However, just because all programs are required to teach the same knowledge and skills, not all programs are equal. At SembraSchool, we go above and beyond to bring the content to life and make the learning experience more meaningful! We are dedicated to preparing the next generation of CNAs to become the most valuable part of the healthcare team.

Our state-approved Nurse Aide I (NA-I) training program is 120 hours long and consists of 40 hours of classroom time, 48 hours in the lab, and 32 hours at the clinical site.

  • Fast-track Evening Class: (6 weeks) Goes from 6 to 10pm, Monday through Friday.
  • MWF Day Class: (10 weeks) Runs 1 to 5pm on Mon., Wed., and Fri.

Click HERE for our course calendar to find a start date and time that works with your schedule.

The full price for the program is $999.00. This includes a non-refundable registration fee, tuition, textbook, uniform (scrubs and ID badge), and a criminal background check fee. There are no additional hidden costs. 

The only other cost you are responsible for is $140.00 payable to Credentia for the North Carolina state (written and skills) exam.

We offer two ways to participate:

1. Apply for a scholarship. We’ll connect you with an employer that will interview you and determine if you qualify. If you do, they’ll hire you as a PCA and arrange to pay your tuition in in the program. In exchange, they ask you to sign a contract committing to working for them for a certain period of time.

2. Start a payment plan. Don’t want to commit to a particular employer? We make it easy for you to pay for the program yourself with flexible payment options that will have you paid in full by the day your graduate!

To complete your enrollment, please do the following:

  1. Fill out an application. Click HERE for the online application.
  2. Apply for a scholarship with one of our partner employers.
    • Click HERE to apply for a scholarship and job placement.
  3. Click HERE to upload proof of the following:
    • High School (or college) Transcripts or High School Equivalency Certification (G.E.D)
      • Request transcripts to be sent to
    • Two forms of valid identification – Photo ID and Social Security Card
    • TB skin test results within the past 12 months or chest x-ray for positive TB skin test results.
    • Proof of most recent COVID-19 booster, if eligible

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